In September, 1984, Wee Care Day Nursery in wealthy Maplewood, New Jerseym hired 23 year old Margaret Michaels as a part time aide. Enthusiastic, reliable, frieindly Kelly was soon promoted as full time teacher of her own class of pre schoolers. When the kids in her class cried hysterically about taking their nap time, parents assumed it was just a phase and didnt pay much attention. Until April 30, 1985, four days after Michaels had left Wee Care for another job. THat was the day that little Jonathan Moore told his mother the truth about nap time- the "games" they played, the things Kelly forced them to to do, the things Kelly did to them.
Shocked and horrified the parents of Jonathan and his classmates worked with the Essex County Prosecutors office to investigaate what would become one of the largest cases of systematic child abuse in AMerican history. After nearly 3 grueling years of painful interviews, and brutally insensitive trial procedures, Margaret Kelly Micahels was found guilty of 115 counts of sexual abuse against children of Wee Care and sentenced to 47 years in prison.
NAP TIME is the powerful true crime account of this shocking suburban tragedy - a chilling cautionary tale that is every parents nightmare come to life.
Brandy (mama-jo) - reviewed Nap Time: The True Story of Sexual Abuse at a Suburban Day Care Center on
I choose to read this book because I'm a mother myself & like most parent's out there, I want to protect my children. When I seen that this book was about sexual abuse in a daycare/ preschool, a place where parent's send their kids thinking they will be safe I needed to read it. It's a woman that victimizes the children. The book is well written, but the crime is so tragic that it was very hard for me to read. In fact I still haven't finished this book & I've been reading it for atleast a month! It's very detailed & alot to take in for me as a grown woman, I just have to keep putting it down & wondering how these kids ever managed. No one should ever have to endure the pain & anguish of abuse like this (or any). ****I don't normally have a hard time reading True Crime books -- This one is different though.****
This story is unbelievable...and has since been proven untrue. Children, whose minds are very impressionable, were subtly manipulated and guided into saying the most incredible things. And it was all a lie. Don't read this book unless you want to know just how much our criminal justice system can corrupt the most innocent minds. Pure trash.